Battered and bruised Muller still drives on

Ulster's Johann Muller. Picture: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

HEINEKEN CUP POOL FIVE:
Ulster v Benetton Treviso
Ulster skipper Johann Muller’s future may well be on the farm, but before that day he yearns for one more piece of silverware for his sideboard back home in Mossel Bay.

The big Springbok is pandering to continue his very popular relationship with Ulster which has so far lasted four years. With the relentless series of injuries over the past couple of seasons the 33-year-old Muller may pack his bags, but not yet despite fractures to his thumb, hand and arm over the past couple of seasons and leg injuries this term.

However, he refuses to talk about retirement and says he is still in discussions about his future. For now he just wants to concentrate on what lies ahead for Ulster and just glad to be running out at Ravenhill again and vent some of that frustration on Benetton Treviso at Ravenhill tomorrow evening following his recent sidelining with a calf injury.

“Frustrated? Big time,” said Muller whose eagerness to get back on the park is etched all over his face as just like last season, the injuries.

“And not just for me. There has been so many injuries over the past few weeks. Lots of guys are struggling, and I’m so delighted to be back, again! I’m just so excited for the opportunity to get back on the park to play a bit of rugby.

“These back-to-back games are massive. Remember Treviso and not afraid to come to Ravenhill. They know what is it like to come here. They beat us here two years ago and drew with us last season, so with the number of internationals on their side, they will be very dangerous.

“If you are 5% or 10% off your game the likes of Treviso will punish you severely. There is no doubt they will want to make it a long, difficult afternoon for us. But it is al about us and what we can bring to the party. We have had a good week so far, ironed out any problems that occurred last week, and now it is up to us on Saturday afternoon to produce our top game.

“We may be down roughly about 10 players that you can argue would be our first choice, but it is a great opportunity for other guys to put their hands up while playing in big European Cup games,” said Muller.


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